You are Two Sides to the Same Coin

While you are shadow, you are also spirit. You are both shadow and spirit. You are two sides to the same coin. Learn how to reconcile both sides of you. Learn how to integrate the shadow with your spirit.

The Supporting Cast Shadow

You seem to be an afterthought in people’s minds. You get invited to parties, but mostly as the wingman. You seem like the sidekick to someone else’s hero story. You can’t shake the feeling of losing yourself a bit just to maintain a relationship that you really no longer desire to be in. You don’t feel seen, heard, or understood. You find yourself resenting the person you hang out with who has casted you as his/her/their number two. You find yourself secretly jealous of this person, but really just yearning to become independent, discovering who you really are without outside influences and projections. There is a hidden desire in you to re-discover who you truly are by breaking away from people who have already type-casted you in a role that you no longer want to play.

The Hero Spirit

You value growth.  You love competitive sports. You know that nature will teach you lessons you need in this life. You love team work and love to bring people together to solve problems. You value adversity because you believe adversity will make you stronger, wiser, and sharper. You want to connect with people on a more meaningful and authentic level. You want to find purpose in the struggle. You perceive adversity as an opportunity for progress and personal growth.

You are looking for a purpose-driven life. You love the hustle, the opportunity to solve problems and help people through that.  You value meaning and are searching for deeper truths. You are searching for a higher purpose. You want to help people. You want to build companies, organizations, and people up. You want to solve problems and fix things.

The Beginning of Shadow Integration

To begin integrating the Supporting Cast Shadow with The Hero Spirit, begin illuminating your shadow by journaling truth inside fiction, based on a true story, as a Journal-Artist.

Illuminate the Shadow, so you May Integrate It.

What you Suppress will Depress You.What you Express in Truth will Set You Free.

Begin Journaling,

Artist & Journal-Artist Inspired

HOW TO JOURNAL

1. Activate Your Subconscious

Practice deep listening to activate subconscious by browsing Journal by Shadow or Journal by Spirit to discover experiences that resonate with you. Then, pull quote of things you resonate with into your journal.

Don’t forget to give attribution to artist or journal-artist where you pulled the quote from.

2. Title and Format Journal Entry

“Title of Journal Entry”

Fiction. Based on a True __________.

by Your Name

3. Ways to Journal (choose one):


A. “The Passion Letter”—Write as if you are writing directly to that person.
B. “Message in a Bottle”—Write as if you need to confess something.
C. “The Novelist” —Someone tore a page out of your novel based on your past—what would they be reading?

These are options, not requirements. Write any way you want since this is your diary.

Journaling in the First "I" to Reveal the Reality of your Duality

“The Flashback” or “The Scene” or “The Narrative Novelist”

You can journal about a direct experience by taking us to the “scenes of the incident.” This is in the narrative form, as if we read a page in a novel or novella. Feel free to add personal flashbacks, backstory, and any other narrative scenes worthy of the “insider’s” attention. Write like you are confiding to a trusted best friend.

“The Passion Letter” 

This is a direct love letter, perhaps to the very person who has been tucked away inside your heart, the person you miss, the person you want to honor the memory of, or the person you hate.

What’s been brewing inside your heart? You could be ashamed of it because of how bitter it is, you could feel guilty because of something that is already too late that you wished you could go back in time to fix, you could be too proud to have said it in front of them so you have walled up but since this is the confession letter, it is something you have been truly feeling inside that you are addressing directly to them. Of course, this is just an exercise. Do not actually send it to them or if you do, do it at your own discretion. This exercise is solely designed for you to purge the things that’s been weighing you down. What you do with it is up to you.

Write from the heart. Write in the first.

“Love Letter to Self”

This is a personal love letter to your past, present, and/or future self. What lessons have you learned? What mistakes of the past are you no longer wanting to repeat in the present and future? What things need resolving right now? What hopes and dreams do you have for yourself in the future?

If you can travel back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

If your future self could time travel to you right now, what would your future self say?

If you can travel to the future, what would you like to see yourself doing and becoming?

“Message in a Bottle”

If you were stranded on an island and decided you have nothing but time to reflect on life, what would you be saying? This can be life lessons, insights, and free flow thinking. It can be a free verse, a poem, a rant, anything goes.

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The Spiritual War Between The Shadow and Spirit Within

“Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.”

—Carl Jung

Overcoming Your Blocks

Resurrection Power

The Phoenix dies in fire and is reborn a New Bird from the Ashes of Destruction. This fire bird has the ability to cycle through past, present, and future through the power of resurrection—it allows what is to be what is, then allowing it to destruct, and manages to take the silver linings of that destruction to create a new creature. In Chinese mythology, it is the Phoenix that contends with the Dragon.

In Shadow Integration, the Phoenix inside you will contend with the Dragon inside you. This is the dance battle of spiritual warfare. The faith you experience will be the faith in the power of redemption in a future glory of the Phoenix born out of the ashes of fire. The fear you contend with will be the dragon you have been divinely designed to defeat.